Home Care Addresses Social Isolation Worries

A recent Harvard School of Public Health study published in The American Journal of Public Health suggests that “strong social ties, through friends, family and community groups can preserve our brain health as we age and that social isolation may be an important risk factor for cognitive decline in the elderly.” The study also indicated that those elderly engaged in many social contacts had the slowest rate of memory decline. Continue reading

Caregivers Forced to Choose Between Caring for a Loved One and a Job

At least 42 percent of U.S. workers have been caregivers for aging loved ones in the last five years. In fact, most family caregivers work full or part time while caring for their parent, spouse, aunt, uncle or other loved one.

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The majority (68 percent) of family caregivers report making work accommodations because of caregiving duties including: arriving late/leaving early or taking time off, cutting back on work hours, changing jobs or stopping work entirely. Continue reading

Medication Tips For Seniors – Caregiver Information

medication tips for caregiversDid you know that nearly one-third of the population has difficulty swallowing pills? Most people don’t swallow pills correctly. This often results in gagging, choking and vomiting. And that usually results in people not taking their medications at all, or not taking the recommended dosage, which then results in a need for later additional medical care. Continue reading

Caregivers’ Help With Incontinence Supplies

I stumbled across this website that reviews adult diaper brands and other incontinence supplies.  Talk about a niche market!  But it’s helpful if you are taking care of a senior with incontinence.  And the best way to deal with incontinence is with dependable supplies.

Take a look at this site Best Adult Diaper Brands for detailed information about specific brands, choosing the correct size, absorbent bed pad reviews, and general tips on living with incontinence.  It’s hard to tell how objective his reviews are, but he does give very detailed descriptions of each product which is useful  information.  Even if his reviews aren’t terribly objective, it’s great to have so much information in one spot.  Adult diapers and briefs are expensive and finding the best brand for your situation not only helps the budget but makes daily life so much easier for the person with incontinence and those caring for them

Michele

Help With Home Care Costs For Veterans

There is a little known benefit providing help and support for elder care costs. Veterans and their survivors may be eligible for monetary payments called the “VA Aid & Attendance Pension Benefit.” These benefits are paid out to the recipients each month to cover the costs of assistance with daily activities (cooking, cleaning, bathing, dressing, personal hygiene, etc.), Home Care Costs for Veterans.SALUTE TO THE PAST

Very few people who qualify for this benefit even know about it. It is often overlooked by families of veterans and surviving spouses who need additional money for their care.  The benefit is available to honorably discharged veterans who served during a war period, even if it was just one day of a war time.

Many families are deterred from applying because the process is long and complicated. It may be worth getting some professional help. There are financial planners and consultants who specialize in veterans’ benefits and can help you understand the process. They are prohibited from charging you to actually fill out the application, but can charge for information and advice. Be sure to ask up front about how their fees since they usually say they will help you apply “for free”. Despite the added confusion of whether it is truly a free service, getting help with the application process is the best way to go.

Here is an example of a consultant specializing in veterans’ benefits, with a clear explanation of the benefit and what you need to consider when applying.

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Michele – Dignity Care